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When most people think of Wisconsin or Milwaukee, they probably think of beer, brats, and cheese. Yes, those are totally all delicious staples around here. But, there are actually a lot of places to get fresh, healthy meals as well. As a Milwaukeean, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite places with you!
Healthy Restaurants & Cafes
Bavette La Boucherie
Bavette is a butcher shop that carries sustainable and organic meat. They honor traditions of quality and excellence by sourcing whole animals raised responsibly on small, local farms. They strive for sustainability and less waste. They also have a full food menu!
Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
Beans & Barley is a health food mecca. You can stop in for a meal, pick up some deli items, get a fresh juice, or do some grocery shopping.
Beerline Cafe is a low-environmental-impact vegetarian restaurant. The cafe has earned a three-star Green Restaurant Association rating, the first in the city of Milwaukee and only the second in the greater Milwaukee metro area. They have lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. I personally love the Chickpea Chorizo Tacos.
Bowls is exactly what it sounds like…healthy food bowls! You can do sweet or savory, vegan or vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. I recommend the Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothie bowl and the Thai Green Curry bowl with chicken (pictured below).
Cafe Manna also has the three-star Green Restaurant certification. They are 100% vegetarian, made from scratch, and use local ingredients. You can’t go wrong with their raw Thai rolls!
Fresh Fin Poke
Fresh Fin Poke is Milwaukee’s first poke restaurant! You can either “BYOB” (build your own bowl) with the option to customize your protein, base (rice or greens), sauces, and ingredients. Or you can choose from any of their signature bowls like the Mango Tango salmon bowl with salmon, mango, edamame, avocado, cilantro, spicy ginger, sweet shoyu, crispy onion, and tobiko.
The Green Kitchen
The Green Kitchen is located inside the Milwaukee Public Market. I always love their salads because they are never boring and always taste super fresh and delicious. You can also get a fresh juice or smoothie, or grab a healthy sandwich.
Juiced! Cold Pressed Juicery
Who doesn’t love juice?!? Juiced! uses a handcrafted, cold-pressed process protects all the benefits of raw fruits and vegetables: nutrition (live enzymes, natural phytonutrients, antioxidants), integrity (never heated and no additives), and community support (local, straight from the farm when available). You can buy their juices from a lot of local grocery stores too.
The Juice Kitchen
Another juice shop that uses local, organic ingredients. They also have smoothies and cleanse programs, and they deliver!
Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op & Cafe
A local co-op that also has a coffee bar and cafe. They make fresh juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and even vegan/gluten-free bakery items. My fave co-op! They have a few locations throughout the area.
Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
A market co-op where you can buy healthy food and products, as well as a cafe with freshly prepared sandwiches, smoothies, and more. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options too!
Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
Aaaand another juice shop! They also have smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast, dinner, and sandwiches. They use fresh, local, organic ingredients and often change up their menu to keep it fresh and fun. I love the Mint Medley smoothie (spinach, banana, cacao nibs, mint, orange juice, coconut milk)
Natural Grocery Stores
Most grocery stores like Pick N’ Save have small organic and natural selections, but usually at higher prices with only a small amount. I suggest going to one of these for a plethora of healthy, organic food and natural brands.
- Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
- Health Hut Natural Foods
- Milk N’ Honey
- Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op & Cafe
- Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
Okay I know beer isn’t exactly “healthy” (some would disagree) BUT did you know that Milwaukee is home to the first certified organic brewery in the country?! And it happens to be my favorite brewery, Lakefront Brewery. Not all of their beers are certified organic, but look for ones with the USDA label like their Fuel Cafe Stout or the Organic Belgian White 🍻 They also have two kinds of gluten-free beer if that’s up your alley!
Organic Coffee & Tea
I can’t even begin to tell you how much good coffee there is in Milwaukee! These are some of my favorite local roasters. Since coffee is one of the most heavily chemically-treated foods in the world, it’s super important to drink organic. Those chemicals include synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. For the local roasters below, the organic certification varies blend to blend, and some may use organic practices but not have the certification. Either way, they are roasters that I trust that source quality coffee and trade fairly with farmers! ☕️
- Anodyne Coffee
- Colectivo Coffee
- Kickapoo Coffee
- Rishi Tea (served at most local cafes)
- Stone Creek Coffee
- Valentine Coffee Roasters
Nothing like a good ole’ farmers market in the summer! It’s a great way to buy fresh, local, and organic food directly from a farmer. If they don’t display “organic” anywhere you can always ask them how their food is grown. Sometimes they practice organic methods but just didn’t pay for the certification. Here are some of my faves in the area:
- Greenfield Farmers Market
- Milwaukee Winter Indoor Farmers Market
- South Shore Farmers Market in Bay View
- Wauwatosa Farmers Market
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Food Delivery Services
Dominion Valley Farm
I highly recommend buying meat and poultry from a local source. That way you know exactly how everything is being raised and where it’s coming from. I like Dominion Valley Farm out of southeast Wisconsin. Their animals are raised strictly on pasture, where they eat what they love (grass, clover, rich greens, and bugs) and do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics. Dominion Valley has a delivery service and is also available at some farmers markets. 🐄
Brewers Organics Food Delivery
Brewers Organics is a food delivery service. They deliver organic meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses, and other specialty items. You can choose from many different options of what you want to be delivered and how often. Pretty cool, especially if you don’t always have time to go to the store!
Have you tried any of these places? Let me know in the comments, or if there are any places you love that I missed!